08 Aug National Attractions not to miss in Malaysia
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country, and Malays, Chinese and Indians are the three major races here. Despite the difference in races and beliefs, people in this country always have a mutual respect to one another. The following list consists the most visited spots for local believers, as well as the most famous tourists attractions here in Malaysia.
Thean Hou Temple
The Thean Hou Temple, located in Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, is built in 1987, and is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. The six-tiered Buddhist temple is built on a hill, so visitors can have a grand view of the city. The design of the Thean Hou Temple combines contemporary and traditional design styles, where gorgeous carvings and murals, striking red pillars, dragon pillars and dragon-shaped roofs, are all the unique Chinese features. During some of the grand Chinese festivals, such as the Lunar New Year, crowds of believers always fill the space. It is also a significant spot where believers from different part of the nation come to worship and pray. In addition, Thean Hou Temple is one of the favourite marriage registration place for local Chinese. It is also very popular place to host some traditional Chinese activities and events such as martial arts and Tai Chi.
Guan Di Temple
The Guan Dii Temple in Kuala Lumpur, located near the Petaling Street, was built in 1888 and is there for more than a century. It is a temple where believers can worship Guan Yu – one of the most famous and popular heroes from the Three Kingdoms. The temple is built based on the traditional Chinese design. From the carved beams, eaves, plaques and even couplets, they are all spreading a thick sense of Chinese style. Every material in the temple, especially the copper incense burner and the gigantic 59kg big knife, were built in China and shipped back to Malaysia. These items are the witness to this centuries-old historical value of this Guan Di Temple. Believers believe that “Guan Di” is responsive, and touching the sword of the Emperor can bring good luck. Therefore, many tourists have come to visit and pray.
Masjid Putra, located in Putrajaya, Malaysia, was completed in 1999 and was built next to Putrajaya Lake. Its design not only reflects the traditional Islamic style, but it also combines different architectural elements such as the Persian Islamic architecture and the Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Additionally, the mosque is built of rosy granite, so it has the reputation of being the Pink Mosque.
The Malaysia National Mosque, covering an area of 5.5 hectares, is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city centre and built in 1965, the exterior and decoration combine Arabic Islamic architectural forms with modern forms. Not only is the building beautiful and solemn, but its design carries much more significance for the following reasons. The building’s largest arch is 45 meters in diameter, with 18 radio stars, representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. The 73-meter-tall minaret is the most distinctive feature of the mosque. Non-Muslim visitors only need to wear the robes provided by the mosque to visit and feel its sacred and solemn.
The Batu Caves is a limestone hill made up of 3 caves plus some smaller caves that have been around for 400 million years old. In 1981, a businessman from Tamil Nadu, India brought the Indian gods here and built temples for worshipping purpose. The current Batu Caves are home to a number of different Hindu temples and ancestral halls, and the Hindu temples at the entrance are a symbol of the place. In addition, the murals and sculptures in the temple depict ancient Indian legends, as well as many Hindu gods and paintings. Believers or tourists who come to worship must climb 272 steps, in order to reach the largest temple hole, as well as the picturesque city view. The annual Thaipusam Festival is also a major event here, where believers and tourists from all over the world come to participate in the pilgrimage. Believers are also convinced that through a series of ascetic actions, they can clear their sins and obtain God’s blessing.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, was built in 1873. It was a businessman from India, as well as the leader of the Indian community, Thambusamy Pillai, who invested in the construction of the temple. In 1968, another major reconstruction was carried out. In 1972, a pyramid-shaped five-storey temple tower (Gopuram) which is 75 feet tall was completed. It houses 228 Indian gods and bring out a strong Indian style and design. Every year at the Da Bao Sen Festival, worshippers will drive the portrait of Lord Muruga to another famous attraction, Batu Caves, with a silver-colored battle car that is made up of 350-kg sterling silver plaque that costed RM350,000 to create. During this festival, thousands of worshippers and tourists will come to participate in the parade.
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